How to Quickly Search Anything on Your Android Device

Nowadays, most people usually use their Android device as their "personal computer" rather than an actual desktop. Since the latest smartphones are powerful enough to hold an extensive amount of information, you may hardly even have to turn on your computer.

There is just one drawback to having so many files on your phone. The more files you have, the more time it takes for you to find them. At least for now, Android doesn't have a feature that searches your entire device for the file, but that shouldn't be a problem.

How to Find Your Files on Any Android Device - Option 1

A useful app you can use to find any file on your Android device is Andro Search. It's free, but if you want to remove the ads and use specific features, you can upgrade to Pro. When you first install the app, it will need to scan your device's content to find the files you're looking for.

You'll see a search bar at the top where you can search for files by name, extension type, and even by number (useful when you're looking for a contact). At the bottom you'll see what files have been recently changed and any apps you've also installed.


Andro Search will also look for files in Evernote, Microsoft Word, Excel, and OpenOffice, as well as PDF files and other apps. When the app does find the file, it will show you a preview of it, and if it's what you're looking for, simply tap on it to open the file. If the file you're opening is a video, Andro Search will ask you to decide which app you want to open it with.

To the side of the file, you'll also see a dropdown menu that will give you various options as to what you can do with the file. For example, you can delete, share, get details, open as, and more.


Locate Files on Your Android Device with Jet File Search - Option 2

If the first option didn't convince you, you could always try the Jet File Search App. In the app's main page you'll see all your files divided into different categories such as recent, download, audio, photo, etc.


To search for a file, tap on the search icon at the top-right and explore. When you type in the name of the file, the app won't show you a preview like the previous app, but you'll at least see the name of the file. You'll need to tap the search icon on your keyboard to make the search option appear.


You can also change the way the app sorts your files. For example, you can sort your files by time, type, size, and in alphabetical order. The app can also sort your files in either one, two, or three columns. The app is a little slow when you try to launch it, but it is helpful locating your files.


Finding a file as fast as possible can be crucial, especially if it has to do with deadlines. With these apps you can easily find your files without having to scroll through an endless list of options. Have you ever found files you didn't even know you had? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.

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